COOLIDGE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A subdivision of homes in Coolidge, Arizona, was urged to evacuate Friday during a fire at a nearby chemical plant.
[PHOTOS: Chemical plant fire in Coolidge]
The fire started at a plant owned by Bright International, which makes products like bleach and hair color.
Coolidge police asked residents of the Landmark Ranch subdivision to evacuate, since the homes were in the path of the smoke.
Police say the evacuation was recommended, not mandatory. Residents were given the OK to return home Saturday morning after 6 a.m.
"There are no toxins in [the] air and no hazards to public. The fire is still being monitored," Coolidge police said on their Facebook page.
Arizona's Family news chopper flew over the plant, and we could see a huge column of smoke above the building.
As night fell Friday, the smoke appeared to diminish, but was still clearly visible.
The Coolidge Adult Center was set up as a "place of refuge" for evacuees affected by the fire. Bus transportation was available for those who needed it.
We're told a handful of residents did go to the Adult Center during the fire, and left a short time later.
On Saturday afternoon, Bright International released a statement about this incident that occurred at its Coolidge location. It said the following:
"We are grateful that this incident did not injure any employees or damage our manufacturing facilities. We want to thank the Coolidge Fire and Police Departments, local regulatory agencies, and other first responders for their quick action to help secure the safety of our employees and area residents. We take this situation very seriously and are cooperating fully with local and state officials as we investigate this incident. The safety of our employees and the community is our highest priority.”
Coolidge is located southwest of Phoenix.